114 e-Letters

published between 2005 and 2008

  • Response to E Yano and S Chapman
    Peter N Lee

    Response to E Yano and S Chapman

    P N Lee

    Professor Eiji Yano raises a number of issues in his letter(1) which responded to my commentary(2) on his article(3) about the Japanese spousal study, as does Chapman in his editorial(4). Here I reply to the main points raised.


    Studies of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) exposure and lung cancer commonly identify a...

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  • Time for society to redefine "reasonable"
    John R. Polito

    An excellent PM documents review! Thanks!

    Allowing the tobacco industry to define "reasonable regulation," an industry whose economic survival will always depend upon finding new and creative ways to entice children and teens into permanent chemical enslavement, is like allowing Hitler to write health standards for dead camps.

    While awaiting fine-tuning of FDA regulatory bills, it's time for the U....

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  • Who governs tobacco?
    Stephen L Hamann

    I enjoyed Derek Yach’s editorial. I believe that the FCTC and new research that will support its transnational aspects can make a big difference. But will they?

    I would warn against over optimism and for an understanding of the commitment and sustained action that will be required. First, one must face the fact that the primary governance of tobacco issues has been and continues to be located in the tobacco...

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  • Erratum
    Stanton A Glantz

    Erratum to Mandel, L; BC Alamar; and SA Glantz, “Smokefree Law did not affect revenue from gaming in Delaware” Tobacco Control 14 (2005), 10-12.

    The results in the original publication reflect a data entry error. The revised table in this erratum present the results with this error corrected. Using the corrected data, White's test for heteroskedasticity rejected homoskedasticity (p = 0.016) in t...

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  • Correction
    Pamela M Ling

    We would like to correct reference #68 in this article. The correct reference for the document is:

    Brown and Willamson. (1980). No Title. Bates No. 544000497/544000504. http://legacy.library.ucsf.edu/tid/mgh10f00.

  • Stress and smoking among rural women in Maine: the need for counter-advertising
    Kathleen J. Welch, Ph.D., MPH

    In their article, Anderson, Glantz and Ling explore messages of psychosocial needs satisfaction in cigarette advertising targeting women. We agree with the authors that counter-advertising should attempt to “expose and undermine the needs satisfaction messages of cigarette advertising”. They mention that “a message of escape from life’s hassles could be countered with a message that addiction further complicates an al...

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  • Still A Cannibal In Our Midst!
    Ugochukwu Ejinkeonye

    In June 2002, months before this column was published, I published an essay in a number of Nigerian newspapers entitled: "The 17 Billion Poison House In Ibadan." The piece was my own way of pouring out my spilling disgust and accumulated indignation because of reports in the media earlier in April of the same year that the Obasanjo Administration had celebratorily granted permission to a so-called "leading cigarette comp...

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  • RE : "tobacco use is risky but counterfeit cigarettes are lethal"
    Ms. Véronique Leclézio

    To: BAT Nigeria Limited Mr. Kehinde Johnson Corporate & Regulatory Affairs Director

    "Should we swallow a bait and have a lethal hook thrust in our throats just because the bait looked so appealingly delicious? What the tobacco companies manufacture has no single benefit, no redeeming feature. All it does is to kill and ruin .They are unwanted, loathsome and unwelcome "(Ugochukwu D. Ejinkeonye- The Black Busi...

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  • Who dominates the illegal cigarette industry?
    Manjari Peiris

    Tobacco leaves which are used for manufacturing cigarettes are cultivated by the tobacco industry themselves, throughout the world.

    If the tobacco industry is honestly keen in stopping the availability of counterfeit cigarettes on this earth, they should first of all stop cultivating tobacco leaves. One of the strategies that the industry employs to protect their business is to misuse the illicit cigarette in...

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  • The slippery slope is not so slippery
    Simon Chapman

    Ron Davis finds my analogy weak when I liken employers not hiring smokers (because as a class they take more time off work) to not hiring women of child-bearing age (because they may become pregnant or take time off for childcare). He notes that in the USA (as indeed in many nations) there are laws outlawing labour discrimination on the basis of sex or age, but not discrimination based on smoking status. Some nations also...

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